The bottom line is simply that what Kim Jong Un is choosing to do is provocative. It is dangerous, reckless. The United States will not accept the DPRK (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea) as a nuclear state. …the United States will do what is necessary to defend ourselves and defend our allies, Korea and Japan. We are fully prepared and capable of doing so, and I think the DPRK understands that.U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry • Speaking sternly on a North Korean declaration to reopen its primary nuclear reactor complex in Yongbyon. North Korean state media reported that the reactors, as well as a uranium enrichment facility, were shut down and disabled as part of a 2007 agreement with the United States, which the government now plans to “readjust and restart.” This is not the first indication of a renewed international belligerence on the part of North Korea and its hereditary leader, Kim Jong-un — they also declared last week that they were entering a “state of war” with neighboring South Korea. source
Austin has a lot of international cache. It’s seen as a center of music, as a center of exciting technology, and they want to show they can threaten that. They want to show that they can do something to get attention.Jeremi Suri, Distinguished Chair for Leadership in Global Affairs at the University of Texas • Offering up one explanation as to why, on a map apparently displaying North Korean military targets photographed and released by their government, the city of Austin, Texas, most recently home of SXSW, appears marked for rocket attack. Suri also cited the location of South Korean company Samsung in the Texas city as a possible factor. Austin resident Jeff Miller had a simpler, tongue-in-cheek explanation: “He’s going to wreck a couple of musical festivals, I guess.” source
We’ve seen reports of a new and unconstructive statement from North Korea. We take these threats seriously and remain in close contact with our South Korean allies. But we would also note that North Korea has a long history of bellicose rhetoric and threats and today’s announcement follows that familiar pattern.Caitlin Hayden, spokesperson for the National Security Council • Speaking on the vocal threats by the North Korean state of impending military action, be it against the United States (they recently released a video showing a fantasy invasion/overthrow of the U.S. mainland), or South Korea (they’ve also announced a “state of war” against their southern neighbors). The response from the U.S. is instructive in the difficulty of assessing North Korean threats — at the same time as all such proclamations must be taken with a requisite level of seriousness, their state has long made militaristic threats boisterously, and uneventfully. source
I don’t condone what he does, but he’s my friend.Former NBA superstar Dennis Rodman • Discussing his plans to visit North Korea again in August to vacation with Kim Jong-un. Rodman made the comments to what clearly is the most prominent media outlet in the country, Fargo, North Dakota’s KXJB. Rodman was reportedly giddy throughout the interview. Remember when the weirdest thing this guy did was color his hair purple?
He said, ‘If you can Dennis, I don’t want to do war, I don’t want to do war.’ He said that to me.Dennis Rodman, playing diplomat between North Korea and the United States on ABC’s “This Week.” The Worm suggested that common ground could be met on the basketball court. ”He loves basketball,” Rodman said, referring to Kim Jong-un. “I said, ‘Obama loves basketball.’ Lets start there.”